Thelma Adams

Thelma Adams
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T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 85% Bergman Island (2021) Bergman Island gloriously captures the messy collision of love and creativity, and the ways women weave family life and personal obsession into the artistic struggle, reinterpreting the greats, like Bergman. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
97% The Rescue (2021) This nail-biter is elevated by the notion that sometimes it takes a global village -- plus a small circle of amateur experts exceeding their comfort zone -- to save lives when natural disasters strike. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
4/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) Is Craig's poignant farewell the best of the actor's run? I'd put the emotionality of Skyfall and the eye-popping Casino Royale ahead, but No Time to Die unquestionably makes returning to theaters a reason to live. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
3/5 74% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) The magnetic Nivola's Uncle Dickie pulls the movie's focus and overwhelms the coming-of-age saga that brought the gang -- and its many fans -- together in the first place. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
3/5 30% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Painfully well-intentioned, the lengthy musical struggles, but fails, to send audiences out of the theater singing -- but succeeds in raising teen suicide awareness. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
3/5 59% Cry Macho (2021) If the film's not Unforgiven, the fact that Eastwood's not stressing too hard and still adventurous is a virtue. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
4/5 86% The Mad Women's Ball (Le bal des folles) (2021) For lovers of historical fiction, this is a thinking-woman's drama -- and bodes well for Laurent's next directing project. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
4/5 81% Copshop (2021) ​Fast, funky and ballistic, Copshop references the '70s cop actioner and its Western roots, letting the bullets ricochet and the genres collide. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4/5 47% Queenpins (2021) The hilarious comedy taps into the women's economic frustration, and their Robin Hood decision to rip a page (of coupons) out of the corporate playbook and bring power to the people desperate for affordable diapers and Tide in these hard times. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
4/5 79% No Man of God (2021) It's a compact, compelling story of the birth of investigative profiling, the death row days of Bundy, and two well paired actors giving their best back-and-forth like a tennis match. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 41% Flag Day (2021) At times quiet and pensive, at others volatile and rebellious, the younger Penn's freshness galvanizes the father-daughter connection and brings Vogel's memoir to life. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 62% The Protégé (2021) The hard-core action laced with humor and heart proves that the athletic Maggie Q merits more leading roles -- and a prequel with Jackson would be a ton of kick-ass. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 68% Respect (2021) Hudson hits all the right notes as a natural-born talent struggling to find her voice -- and power -- as a singer, a woman and an African American who deserves, and ultimately demands, respect. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
4/5 88% Nine Days (2021) The acting is outstanding, with Benedict Wong, 51, Zazie Beetz and Tony Hale in strong support - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
3/5 88% The Green Knight (2021) With David Lowery behind the camera, this is your freshman English class on mushrooms. It's not a bad trip. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 75% Stillwater (2021) McCarthy's film, cowritten with two French screenwriters, seems to want to comprehend and empathize with this flawed hero, but the last word appears to go with the French, who think Americans are stupid -- but good with their hands. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 97% Pig (2021) Playing oddly against expectations, there's no Cage Rage, no showy violence or operatic monologues, just a simple, moving story of a broken man who lost his pig but, perhaps, has found his way. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 52% The Tomorrow War (2021) It's the kind of sci-fi blockbuster where a sober military scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) yells, "Someone get a harpoon on that tentacle!" and the audience gasps, united in the hope that the weapon skewers its salivating target. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
4/5 62% The God Committee (2021) In Austin Stark's serious-as-a-heart-attack melodrama, a hospital's transplant committee debates the ethics of who will get a human heart and live. Issues of class, race, mental health and money predominate. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
3/5 53% Lansky (2021) Harvey Keitel, 82, is perfectly cast in the title role as Meyer Lansky... With his lizard's watchful gaze and age-stiffened body, it's an epic performance at the center of a modest true-crime drama. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
5/5 91% Rebel Hearts (2021) Both inspiring and revelatory, sharing the life wisdom of its well-educated subjects and a danceable soundtrack curated by music supervisor Tracy McKnight, Rebel Hearts is a blessed and joyful movie. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
4/5 27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Imagine if they made a Spy Kids comedy for adults? The answer is Patrick Hughes' rollicking sequel to his 2017 box office hit, The Hitman's Bodyguard. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
5/5 100% A Crime on the Bayou (2021) The documentary's grace and pacing fit snugly in the writer-director's acclaimed civil rights trilogy - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
4/5 91% Sublet (2021) With a light touch and charm to burn, Sublet gently builds to the point where both men experience a deep emotional shift -- and, together, achieve that wonderful exhortation from E. M. Forster's Howards End: "Only connect." - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
4/5 53% Queen Bees (2021) An ideal date night or friends' group evening out. Love is love and there's no expiration date. Or, as Curtin's bossy biddy says, tongue planted firmly in cheek, "Eighty is the new 18." - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
4/5 94% In the Heights (2021) While the adaptation doesn't reach Hamilton heights, a movie celebrating communal creativity and joy in adversity is a fine fit for our return to theaters. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
3/5 13% Under the Stadium Lights (2021) Though this one doesn't equal the genre's gold standard -- Denzel Washington's Remember the Titans -- the audience can rely on multiple adversity-crushing character arcs, the inevitable Gipper speech and the rousing big-game finale. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
89% Undine (2020) The potency of their passion is short-lived but shimmers with truth and harmony, a feeling that remains like an aftertaste of honey once the final frame fades to black. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 14% American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) Michael Polish's post-WWII courtroom drama is a must for Al Pacino completists. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
5/5 67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) No punches are pulled, no grand statements offered - just a sharp, swift, vibrant vision of an unequal society tilting wildly. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
4/5 89% The Dry (2021) Deftly told, engrossing, complex... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
4/5 75% When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl) (2019) A moving but unsentimental WWII exodus story... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 66% Wrath of Man (2021) Gritting his teeth, the antihero action star boldly goes where other over-50s like Liam Neeson have gone before, riding the vengeance train in a violent, stunt-filled action thriller that takes no prisoners. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
4/5 100% In Our Mothers' Gardens (2020) Shantrelle P. Lewis' extraordinary documentary, from Oscar winner Ava DuVernay's Array film collective, is the ideal Mother's Day movie. It proves that sometimes the best stories come from simply listening. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
3/5 53% Four Good Days (2021) Character actor Stephen Root, 69, plays the largely understanding stepfather in this contemporary tearjerker released in the shadow of the Oscar-nominated Hillbilly Elegy. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) The film captures a fascinating urban subculture threatened with extinction -- and Elba's fans will follow the Golden-Globe-winning Luther star anywhere, including horseback. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 84% Nobody (2021) Christopher Lloyd, 82, is having a moment. After playing wingman to William Shatner's late-life Romeo in Senior Moment, the Back to the Future star gets the film's biggest laughs as Mansell's Pops. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
71% Francesco (2021) The documentary highlights his environmental activism and his conviction that rather than building walls between different people, we should erect bridges of understanding and amity. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 21% Senior Moment (2021) The California city that was a magnet for Hollywood stars of old makes for a beautiful backdrop to a comedy that achieves its modest ambitions fronted by Shatner as a dense, big-bellied but ultimately good-hearted Romeo. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 51% City of Lies (2018) The Depp-Whitaker acting duet glues this messy movie together, along with hard-boiled true-crime elements, gritty L.A. backdrops, cherry cars and a propulsive soundtrack that includes Tupac Shakur, N.W.A. and Biggie. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
4/5 86% The Courier (2020) Cumberbatch returns to fine BBC period form with only a belated scenery chewing outburst. Despite this, and a fleet of disastrous wigs, this is still a heroic story of an ordinary citizen who took extraordinary risks. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
5/5 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) Bracing and joyous, the film unearths complex, canine-loving characters who bicker and haggle their way into the audience's hearts. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
3/5 71% My Salinger Year (2021) For J. D. Salinger completists, the dramatic adaptation of Joanna Rakoff's memoir may be unmissable. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
4/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) Long live the king of Zamunda -- and a beat you can groove to. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
4/5 70% Land (2021) Earnest, forthright and well acted. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 67% Falling (2020) Mortensen draws on his experience as a committed, collaborative actor of intense emotional truth and deep research for his powerhouse late-career directing debut. The result is a visceral and urgent drama. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 57% Malcolm & Marie (2021) Sam Levinson's black-and-white quarantine written-and-directed relationship drama packs an electric emotional punch. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) While it's all a bit on the nose, that nose will be running, and hankies coming. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The first act turns on her extended labor -- a long, sweaty action sequence as breathless as any in The Bourne Identity. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Oscar-and-Emmy-winning powerhouse actress Regina Kin, flexes her muscles behind the camera as a feature film director -- and it's clear it will be the first of many. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021